Tuesday, January 29, 2013

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS DELAYED THE EXCHANGE NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to notify their employees of the existence of health benefit Exchanges.  Originally, the notification was to be issued by March 1, 2013; however, last Thursday that requirement was postponed to late summer or fall of 2013 to coordinate with the open enrollment period for Exchanges.

The notice requirement was delayed for a couple of reasons.  First, the notice should be coordinated with the educational efforts of the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance on minimum value.

Second, the departments are committed to a smooth implementation process including providing employers with sufficient time to comply and selecting an applicability date that ensures that employees receive the information at a meaningful time.

The Department of Labor is considering providing model, generic language that could be used to satisfy the notice requirement.

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